Children’s Camps At The Y
The Queens County Farm will be the site for the Cross Island YMCA’s new Outdoor Adventure Camp from June 30 through August 22. Youngsters ages 6 to 12 can enjoy the opportunity to grow, learn and appreciate the outdoors at the Queens County Farm, located on Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park.
Camper ages 6 to 9 will enjoy the Explorers program designed to achieve a balance between learning and recreation as well as team building and individual accomplishment. Emphasis is on environmental awareness and the four YMCA character development values of respect, responsibility, caring and honesty. Each camper will have activities to meet their individual interests, abilities and needs.
Survivors, for 10 to 12 years will spend their days as a co-ed group that participates in all of the camp activities at an advanced level. They will have the opportunity to experience the true outdoor environment by focusing on skills such as outdoor cooking, hiking, nature trails, arts-n-crafts use of a map and compass and environmentally safe and responsible outdoor skills.
All of the children will be introduced to the wealth and splendor of the natural world and taught respect for its fragility. They will receive hands-on experiences in natural sciences and challenge their physical, social and cognitive skills. The goal of the camp is for youth to develop leadership skills, independence and feelings of self-worth while having fun.
The camp fee is $350 for a two-week session and an additional $125 for transportation. For registration and information, call Michelle Wright at 718-479-0505, ext. 119.
Camp For Children With Disabilities
The Cross Island YMCA has a new day camp program for children with physical disabilities that begins July 7 and runs through August 11. Registration is based on three- or six-week increments.
The children will receive wheelchair accessible transportation, one-on-one swimming instruction and adaptive physical education and equipment. An adaptive physical education teacher is on staff as a full-time unit leader and five personal assistants will be available for every 10 campers.
The program includes theme-centered activities, character development, sports, games, swimming, arts and crafts, singing, storytelling, special events and field trips.
Camp fees are $450 for three weeks and $900 for six weeks. Expenses related to equipment, transportation and staffing required have been offset through the Gerstman Family and Friends Fund.
To enroll or for more information, call Jean Dattner at 718-479-0505, ext. 167.
Specialty Sports Camp
The Cross Island Y offers specialty camps in a variety of sports with intensive clinics designed to enhance basic motor skills, skill acquisition, teamwork and leadership skills. Sports include: gymnastics, baseball, basketball, softball, dance, martial arts, soccer, football, cheerleading, lacrosse and tennis.
The day consists of 80 percent specialty and 20 percent other such as swimming, lunch, snacks and breaks. Camps will operate progressively. By the end of the two-week session there will be an exhibition, competition, game or awards ceremony, which parents are invited to attend. In addition, the campers will enjoy guest speakers/coaches and discounted tickets to sporting events and prizes.
The sports camp programs begin June 30 and run through August 29. Registration is based on two-week increments. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended times from 7:30 a.m. and up to 6 p.m. available. Transportation is available but limited to the following areas; Bayside, Queens Village, Floral Park, Bellerose and Little Neck.
The Cross Island YMCA Day Camp Program is accredited by the American Camping Association. Developed exclusively for the camp industry.The Cross Island YMCA is located at 238-10 Hillside Ave. in Bellerose. For more information drop by or call.